Photographer Spotlight: Sarah Ramm

 
 Photograph by Sarah Ramm

Photograph by Sarah Ramm

 

When I was younger, I didn’t want to have kids. It is funny how things change.

Now I have four kids and spend my days home schooling and caring for them.  I read about birth and photography in my free time.  I follow midwives, doulas, and birth photographers on social media almost exclusively.  Motherhood and birth, and the documenting of those things through photography, has become to me something beautiful and sacred.

 
 Photograph by Beloved Arrows Photography

Photograph by Beloved Arrows Photography

 

It all started when one day I met a guy in the hallway outside of my college trigonometry class.  Two years later, we were married.  Four years after that day we had a daughter.  And now, 19 years later, here we are with those four kids I mentioned, two dogs, a cat, two snakes, five sheep, a llama, and three jumping spiders currently living in glass jars in the kitchen. 

 
 Photograph by Sarah Ramm

Photograph by Sarah Ramm

 

Through these years I’ve grown and changed so much.  I graduated college intending to become a political science professor, became a high school math teacher instead, then became a stay at home mom, then became a fitness instructor, then taught some more math and home schooled.  One day in the middle of all that, I sat down to organize photos on my computer.  I had been taking digital photos since our honeymoon, and so had amassed quite a collection.  My kids gathered around me and we spent ages looking through pictures.  They asked questions and we talked about our family history, where we have been, things we have done, their births and their early childhood.  If someone had to step away to do something, they made sure we all paused and didn’t look through any pictures during their absence.

 
 Photograph by Ashley Sartain Photography

Photograph by Ashley Sartain Photography

 

I realized that day how truly precious our family photos were and how they held a key that unlocked our family narrative.  It wasn’t long after that I sought out a birth photographer for my fourth birth.  My birth photos are among my most precious possessions.  Shortly after, I picked up my camera and decided to take photography seriously.  Very seriously.

 
 Photograph by Ashley Sartain Photography

Photograph by Ashley Sartain Photography

 

A mom birthing her baby, no matter how that birth unfolds, is the picture of feminine power and beauty.  It is my passion and honor to be present in those moments, preserving them for that mom and family to always remember.

When I’m not behind the camera or editing, I can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, enjoying my husband and kid’s company, exercising, and looking for good gluten-free eats in the Dallas area.

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